Archive for October, 2006

obviously not….

October 26, 2006

Nope, no teeth yet. But Ben is feeling better after last week. Poor guy had four shots on thursday and was feeling none too good for a couple of days. I think he is still teething, but you know, that can take months, obviously. I hear a lot of parents say that their kid worked on teeth for months before seeing anything, maybe Ben will be the same way.

So at the beginning of the fall…september-ish…I bought Ben these cute little play suits from Costco…they are carters playsuits…sleepers with no feet. I figured, since they were six months, that he would be in them until about december or January. Riiiiight. He has already grown out of them because he is so tall. And all the nine months sleepers I bought him, thinking “well, they are big, but it’s okay….he’ll grow into them all winter”…he has almost grown into! Now, you must realize that this is HEIGHT not weight…Ben has been holding steady at about thirteen and a half pounds for about a month or two now. There was talk abotu putting him on Hi-cal formula for awhile, but I”m trying everything to make him eat. We have, most recently, eliminated rice cereal at breakfast and lunch so that he’ll eat more formula (since that’s where most of his nutrition comes from now). He still gets fruit and veggies then…and gets veggies and rice cereal at dinner. His eating has picked up this week, so we’ll see what happens from here. Since he is now eight months, we are blending foods together now, and we can try some more adventurous things (if you think cauliflower is adventurous, that is). We’ll see how that goes. Carrots this week were a big NO…so we are starting to see some things he won’t eat.

I have a band concert this sunday, and I think that Scott is going to bring Ben up to see. I don’t know if he will like it or not…he had no problem at homecoming when we went up to MSU, but he really doesn’t like loud noises. When Ben’s little friend Naeem screaches, Ben cries. It’s a closely managed playdate when they get together, let me tell you. He may not take to the concert band thing, we’ll see. If any of you are interested, and don’t have an aversion to loud noises, you can come see the Waterford New Horizons Concert Band on Sunday at 2:00 at the CAI building in Waterford. Fun times for all, let me tell you.

In other news, I will be going on a bender on saturday…a scrapbooking bender. Fourteen hours of scrapbooking fun. I cannot wait. Hopefully I”ll have some good pages out of the whole thing. You would think that going to something like this (our local scrapbook store hosts crops a couple times a month) would suck the creative juice right out of me, but I tend to get a lot done. I got around a hundred pictures developed for the occasion. Wheeee! I’m still knitting like a mad woman..I have three projects started right now, and tend to spend Ben’s naptime knitting. My house is good evidence of that. Scott and Ben will be going to a birthday party on saturday…Ben got invited to his first party! The little girl next door is turning one. How exciting. 🙂

Will they, or won’t they?

October 19, 2006

Like many babies, Ben has had the signs of teething for a couple of months…the drooling, the chewing, the wide bumpy gums….and every time he is cranky and I think he’s teething, we see no teeth. Perhaps this week will be different, as he has now added waking up in the middle of the night and crying when we feed him to his repertoire. (I think I spelled that wrong…I’ll chalk it up to sleep deprivation and move on). Ben has been a pretty unhappy little boy this week, so maybe this is the final prelude to a few pearly whites. At any rate, maybe he’ll at least stop getting up two or three times a night. Yes, we’re trying orajel and tylenol…since he’s weaning from his morphine, maybe it is the weaning instead of the teething that is making him fussy. We are going to slow up on that just a tad, and hope that things get better or we see some teeth! It’s hard to tell what’s going on with a baby, as you all know, and since he can’t tell us, we just have to guess. Ben also went in today for some more immunizations….which went smoothly, amazingly enough. I mean, no one likes to be poked in the thigh by a stranger, but after just a few seconds of crying, he was fine. Thanks for small favors!!!

Last weekend we went on a nature walk in memory of my friend Melissa’s dad at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing. It was saturday morning, and even though it was cold cold cold, it was a beautiful sunny day. I”ll post some more pictures soon, but one was too cute not to put up right away. This week being as it is, wednesday is considered “right away” after saturday.

Anyway…. this is funny

Halloween is on the way!

October 15, 2006

We have two contenders for Halloween costumes for Ben. One is a giraffee, but it is way to big. So insted we are going to dress him in the other one. Who wants to guess what it is?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

October 12, 2006

Yes, it is snowing outside. I don’t mind a bit, it’s pretty. Remind me I said that a few months from now. 🙂

Ben and I have a busy day ahead of us. We’re making dinner for (Aunt) Karen tonight, since her birthday was yesterday. Happy birthday Karen! We made cake yesterday (pumpkin with cream cheese frosting) and we’re going to make pasta alfredo with mushrooms, chicken and sundried tomatoes tonight. Sounds yummy! Ben is a big help in these endeavors….mostly his job involves sitting in a chair with his toys and singing/babbling to me as I work. He is really starting to babble a lot, I think I have also heard a few mama and dadas in there…but he doesn’t understand yet what those mean, they are just sounds to him. We’re working on waving….he gets the idea that he has to open and close his hand, but usually that hand is in his lap and he just watches mine as I show him what to do. I can’t believe how fast he’s growing and changing.

For more on Ben, check out the picture captions

Neat story

October 10, 2006

I don’t know who else has seen this. Scott’s cousin Tony sent us a news item concerning last week’s Football game between Fenton High School and Brandon High School (in Ortonville). The Email is cut and pasted below. It has the form of a letter to the editor, but I am unsure of the paper it came from (as an aside, if you know, please tell me so I can correctly credit the media source). My dad and I talked about this tonight and he had also heard the story from one of my cousins who attends Brandon High School. Kudos to their football program, their students and fans.
Without further delay, here’s your pick-me-up of the day:

From Fenton High School Football Coach

To anyone that will listen I would like to take a minute of your time. Last night, at the Fenton vs Ortinville Brandon football game I may have witnesses one the greatest moments of all time in my history of watching sports.

With the game all but over with the score 38-14 Fenton leading and having the ball on their own 30 yard line with 1:14 to go, we substituted in Johnathan Fitzgerald to the running back spot to carry the ball. His first run was a loss of 2 yards and his second run was a gain of 1. Johnathan you see suffers from Down Syndrome. He is at every practice, and he is at every game. He works hard and we usually put him in on a kick off team late in a game, or every now and then we put him on the defense at safety where we know that he isn’t really in a lot of danger of being hurt. All week long this week though, he wanted to be a running back and rep at that spot…so we let him. What a huge moment for a kid that was with us all summer long at every camp. With 10 seconds remaining we were content with just letting the clock run out, and satisfied with the effort that our kids had given, when the Ortonville Brandon Coach called time-out. He apparently was talking with our chain gang on the sideline asking what was wrong with number 7? Was he new and didn’t know the plays or what was the story? They informed him that Johnathan has Down Syndrome. He then told the officials “that if that kid has the guts to play, then he deserves to score.” So he instructed his team to make it look like a real play just don’t tackle him. So our boys lined up one more time with 10 seconds remaining and we handed it to Johnathan…he hesitated, made a stutter step through the hole and took off down the sidelines amid a wall of blockers…The Ortonville players made it look absolutely great, as Fitz raced down the sideline (we were praying from the booth he didn’t step out) 68 yards for a touchdown. There he was met by the entire team, cheerleaders, and coaches. After shaking hands with the opposing team, Fitz was hoisted at midfield by his teammates and carried to the endzone.

You here about things like this on ESPN or in the papers every now and again, but to see it in person was probably the greatest moment in my sporting career, as a player, coach, or fan.

I guess more than anything I would like to say that if you know anyone that teaches, coaches, works, or is associated with Ortonville Brandon’s School system, make sure you mention what a class act that their players, coaches and fans are.

Thanks,

Brandon C Chapman

Why isn’t sassy a mood icon?

October 8, 2006

Guh. I went out this weekend with some other moms from the Downs support group. In a weird way, it was the best time I have had in months. I had on a complete outfit that was clean and smelled nice. My hair was done. My makeup was done (I used to do my makeup every day. Now I don’t remember until it’s too late). I had on jewelry. I was wearing shoes with heels. They were CUTE. It felt good. I need to be taken out. Last time I went out with Scott I looked like ass because I saved myself for last and his mom was here by then to watch Ben, so there were a million other things I was doing, including catching up with her. Then we were in the car and I realized that I looked like something the cat leaves on the carpet.

The weird thing about all of this is that I DON’T care. I have found myself equating to the women I know who have come through breast cancer (with apologies to them) in that I do not care what others think of me. I care what I think. The funniest thing about this is that for the first time in years, I do not cringe every single time I look at myself in a picture. It’s like my attitude and my self image are finally together.

It is a beautiful thing. 🙂

MSU….Oh MSU. *Sigh*

October 8, 2006

Nothing too big to report this week, except it’s getting COLD and harder to take Ben out on morning walks. Guess that’s why we got all those blankets before he was born!! In preparation for the cold weather, I made Ben a winter hat. Check out the pictures below. This hat was amazingly easy to make and I”m quite proud of myself for finishing it in record time. (well, record time for me).I plan on making him some mittens to go with it, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. He doesn’t hate the hat, which is a victory as far as I”m concerned. Pretty soon it will be too cold for him to go out without it!

We are continuing to work on weaning Ben off of his morphine, and it has, thankfully, been pretty uneventful. I do need to talk to the nurse this week because he is sweating more than normal and breathing a little harder…but since it’s only been five days we’ve been working on decreasing his dose, I don’t know if that is the issue. We’ll see.

We all went over to Rick and Karen’s yesterday for the MSU/UM game. What a horrible game! I can’t even defend my team…they just played badly. All week I’ve been trying explain to Ben that being a Spartan fan means staying true in good times and bad, because we see lots of bad times and not many good times. He thinks this is hilarious. 🙂 Ben finds most things hiliarious, though, so whatever. You’ll see in the pictures that he had his fill of football by the end of the night. I omitted the identical picture where we had replaced his bottle with a molson bottle….funny, but not for public consumption. 🙂

New pics of the Benster

Go Right Through….

October 1, 2006

Seems Ben knows that he has received new medical news, it seems like just this week alone he’s made a few big changes developmentally. His newest thing is that he is grabbing things with two hands and either putting it directly into his mouth, or throwing and laughing as it hits the floor. As with most kids, this last one seems to be linked to high chair occupation. Go figure.

We went to Michigan State’s Homecoming parade on friday. It was an eventful time, and really a lot of fun. I have posted a few pictures below, but you can see the whole event at our flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/randallfam/ We really went to see Kermit the Frog as Grand Marshal, and we weren’t dissapointed. I do wonder if Brian Henson came himself, or if he sent a creature shop minion. Probably a minion. Either way, it was neat to see Kermit in the felt, as it were.

Life has settled into a comforting rhythm around here. Ben and I enjoy our days, and actually keep pretty busy. We walk in the morning, play, nap, run errands. I don’t know where september went. I have started a number of crafty projects for Christmas, but I don’t have much time to work on them during the day. I spend a lot of time after Scott gets home knitting up a storm to finish the things I need to. I’m trying to tie up a bunch of older projects and get them done so I can start some new ones.
The biggest thing I do during the day is play with Ben and try to finish what the physical therapist starts on Monday. Since he isn’t rolling (but is close) isn’t sitting (but is close) and isn’t even near putting weight on his legs yet, we do lots of constructive play all day. With Ben everything needs to be broken up into small bits, because he gets bored (he’s seven months old, so of course he gets bored with mom rolling him around all the time!) and he gets tired. So we play all day long, it’s really quite the life for young master Ben.

We have started Ben’s new medicine, Lasix, and we are going to start weaning him off the morphine this week. All you science people out there will recognize the controlled experiment aspect of this: we wanted to make sure he didn’t react to the new medicine before we weaned him from the old medicine….so we did one thing at a time. He’s doing just fine on the new stuff, and I”m looking forward to getting him off the old stuff.

pictures of Ben’s night on the town